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Charles Baldwin

  • Birth 30 Jun 1839 Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • Death 22 Nov 1911 Accokeek, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Accokeek, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 19574

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Civil War in the Union Navy as a Coal Heaver on board the "USS Wyalusing". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while participating in a plan to destroy the rebel ram Albermarle in the Roanoke River on May 25, 1864. His citation reads "Volunteering for the hazardous mission, C.H. Baldwin participated in the transfer of 2 torpedoes across an island swamp. Weighted by a line which was used to transfer the torpedoes, he swam the river and, when challenged by a sentry, was forced to abandon the plan after erasing its detection and before it could be carried to completion. Escaping the fire of the muskets, C.H. Baldwin spent 2 days and nights of hazardous travel without food, and finally arrived, fatigued, at the mother ship". His Medal was awarded to him on December 31, 1864. He was one of five USS Wyalusing crew members to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Fireman Alexander Crawford, Fireman John Lafferty (Laverty), Coal Heaver Benjamin Lloyd, and Coxswain John W. Lloyd).

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  • Added: 18 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19574
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Baldwin (30 Jun 1839–22 Nov 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19574, citing Christ Church Cemetery, Accokeek, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .